Buy quality from a maker in Prineville
On a brilliant Saturday morning, several makers were set up at the Saturday Makers Market on the lawn of The Art Corral, located on Seventh Street.
Upon visiting with several makers at their booths, one common theme surfaced time and again — all began their art business during COVID.
Emily Gannon has Ochoco Mountain Designs, and she does silversmithing with her creations in earrings, necklaces and rings.
"It's a COVID hobby, so I have been doing it for two years," said Gannon of her business beginnings.
She originally took soldering classes in Bend and did some research on her own before taking some more silversmithing classes. She sells most of her products online on Instagram, and sets her own stones and does custom work as well.
She was all smiles Saturday, as she proudly displayed her wares in her first-ever market.
Ashlee Crow of Crow Ceramics began her pottery business during the time she had her hours cut with COVID.
"COVID happened and my hours got cut at work. I just got this itch for pottery," said Crow.
She had followed a celebrity who was dabbling in pottery and began trying some of her own creations.
"I kind of flourished into it, and then I met Rae, and she has been guiding me into being a better potter."
She began in 2020, and she is currently assisting Holton with children's pottery classes. She added that her husband made her own workshop, and she currently has her own kiln and pottery wheel. She has done several markets, including the recent Pride Festival.
"I needed this creative outlet that apparently work gave me, and I had this extra free time."
Rae Holton began the community art center in March 2022, and as a sculptor and clay artist, she also showcases her ceramics and pottery, as well as some of Jody Kerr's home décor and paint supplies in the Art Corral showroom. There were also a number of Central Oregon artist works for sale during the makers market Saturday.
Holton exclaimed that she thinks a great deal of artists came out of COVID.
"So many, which I think is a beautiful thing, because people weren't able to go to work, and they were able to do what they love to do. Then realized that they could do what they loved to do and make a living. I think they found what feeds their soul," she added.
Holton explained that is what happened to her, as she was laid off from her job during COVID and began her current business as a result.
The Saturday Makers Markets began in May, and they began offering the markets every Saturday but have modified it to every second Saturday. The markets are offered only by makers.
"We are building our makers database to be here. When you come to the makers market, you are not going to find anything that is a resale made in China," Holton noted. "My thing is to empower makers."
"Shop local and support your makers, because your makers are part of your community, and the more you support your community, the more likely we are to survive."
She emphasized that the items that customers obtain from the makers are high quality and will last. Her ceramics and those from maker, Ashlee Crow, are microwave and cooking safe.
"The pottery that is made in this shop and by other makers who come in, if it is handmade on a pottery wheel or hand built, it is going to be high fire or mid-fire, which is considered stone wear. Stone wear is stronger than earthen wear, which is the stuff you buy from Walmart," explained Holton.
"Buy quality, buy from a maker," she concluded.
Pottery wheel classes are offered on Thursday and Saturday mornings. On Thursday afternoons, there are two different sessions of kid's camp, which is an hour and one half long. Ages 5 to 18 is 1 to 2:30 p.m. The second session, 12 to 18 years of age, is from 2:30 to 4 p.m.
Each week it is different, and each week, Holton posts their offers and hours on Facebook. Go to The Art Corral on Facebook. To reserve or make an appointment go to https://theartcorral.as.me/
Saturday Makers Market
Second Saturday each month at
The Art Corral
Owner: Rae Holton
Address: 160 NE Seventh St.
Go to The Art Corral on Facebook for offers and hours. To reserve or make an appointment go to: https://theartcorral.as.me/
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